Non-discriminatory workplace

Equality means that all people are equal, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic or national origin, citizenship, language, religion and belief, opinion, disability, health condition, sexual orientation or other reason related to the person. 

In a just society, factors related to a person, such as descent or skin color, should not affect people's opportunities to get education, get work and various services - basic rights belong to everyone. Promoting equality must be part of workplace and business development and management. 

In a non-discriminatory workplace, the diversity of employees is taken into account and valued. A workplace where everyone can be themselves improves employee well-being and work productivity. Equality does not mean treating everyone the same, because people's different starting points can put them in an unequal position. 

When planning the work, it is good to take into account the needs of your employees who are at risk of discrimination. Every employee must have equal opportunities to develop in their work and advance in their career. Employees' work performance must be evaluated equally and fairly. Encourage equal treatment of everyone in the workplace. 

The employer's statutory obligation is to promote the equality of employees and prevent discrimination  in hiring, at work and in workplaces. In the Finnish constitution, the principle of equality refers to both the prohibition of discrimination and the equality of people before the law. In addition to the Equality Act, the Equality Act, the Employment Contracts Act and the Occupational Safety Act contain obligations related to equality.